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Queen VIctoria Silver Mark Help Needed


#1

Hello,

I am trying to identify the background on a silver serving piece I inherited. An expert in Scottish silver told me it is not from Scotland - but could perhaps be from England or the U.S. I inherited the piece from an elderly aunt (born 1895) who collected antiques.

Below is a URL of pictures of the piece, which is hollow-ware. It has been packed up for many years so it needs polishing. The expert on Scottish silver said that it may be a Queen Victoria Jubilee piece.

homepage.mac.com/egtaylor/Serving/index.htm

Thank you in advance,
Julie T.

jbtinmd@aol.com


#2

Julie, thanks for joining us here on silver-collector.com. I can’t find your mark in my American silver books, but I have a vague sense I’ve seen it before. Anyone else out there have a match for it?

Uncle Vic


#3

Thank you for your reply and any help.

A close look at the faces in the two rampant lions in the seal gave me pause. The faces look like they were drawn on manually in an amateur hand.


#4

Never thought of that, but again, I just have a vague notion when I first saw the mark that I’d seen it before. Assuming that is the only mark, you can be 99.9% sure it is not sterling, neither British or American. The British sterling marks are set by law and almost all American sterling will have the word “sterling” and/or “925” or “925/1000” on it. Let’s see if some of our silver collecting friends here have some clues.

Regards,

Uncle Vic